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A Discourse Among Masters


A new perspective on the familiar may be all it takes to trigger your Kensho experience, this is exactly what the author of Zen Masonry has done with famous Koans. By re-vealing them (so to speak) in the garb of another tradition we can peer past the cultural peculiarities into the living essence; the timeless Form beneath the words. Here is my favourite take on an ancient Koan. Enjoy!

Once in ancient times, the Master of a lodge called all his neighboring Worshipful Masters together for discourse on the highest truth. Once they had arrived, he stood and spoke: “Welcome, dear brothers! I have called you all here so that I might explain to you what it means to be brought to light.”

Immediately all the brothers burst into laughter, and for the remainder of the time they sat around telling such jokes and poking fun at each other.

Zen Masonry

3 responses

  1. ZenMasonry was the work of two Master Masons some years ago. The site was lost when Yahoo closed the old GeoCities personal sites, but I had a copy of the site backed up onto my old Palm Pilot. I’ve since been in touch with the original authors, who have given the new site their blessing.

    Freemasonry may be one of the few “Western” symbolic or allegorical teachings, and many esoteric Freemasons often dabble in the teachings of other religious systems.

    Thanks for the shout-out.

    December 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    • Hi Tom, Your welcome, and thanks for sharing a bit more info about the authors.

      The zen masonry site is a real gem, I would love to a hard copy of these koans and I seriously think there’s enough quality material to make a volume that would stimulate much interest.

      Whats your connection to Zen Masonry? Just curiousity? 🙂

      December 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      • Season’s Greetings, Otove –

        I’m a Freemason, myself, having joined back in 2001, some time after the ZenMasonry site went up. I had “met” one of the authors online in a Usenet group, and he pointed me in that direction.

        Over the years, I have run across other kaons and parables, and after rescuing the original site, started adding my own to the mix.

        I have been blogging about Freemasonry in general since 2006 at:

        December 25, 2012 at 5:45 am

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